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. for our first segment we turn to israel and the occupied territories where israeli forces have begun the year with a spate of killings of unarmed palestinian civilians. so far this month five unarmed civilians have been shot dead by israeli troops. the latest in a was a 21-year- old palestinian woman who was killed when israeli forces opened fire at a west bank school. the witness said she was standing with a group of companions when they came under fire. >> two israeli soldiers traveling in a white car pointed their weapons, shooting indiscriminately at a college where the women were standing at the entrance. there was another man inside. they shot repeople and a large number of soldiers arrived. >> on monday, the israeli human- rights group that some put out a report saying israeli forces had been extensively and systematically violating their own rules of engagement when suppressing protests in the west bank. according to jesselyn, since 2005, at least 48 palestinians have been killed by live ammunition fired at people throwing stones. six more were killed by rubber coated bullets
information on israel and syria, and the escalating tensions there. and breaking news from yesterday on "studio b." a lineman -- rare winter tornadoes. they're saying just how much damage the storms left behind. we'll have the weather and the rest of the news after this. >>> the deadly storm system that killed at least three people in the south and knocked out power to thousands and destroyed dozens of homes. the scene now in calhoun, georgia, where a tornado tore through the area and destroyed much of this area. the tornado cut a 16-mile path, a half mile wide. angelique from our station in the atlanta year is with us from adairsville, georgia. how much damage there is? >> it's been incredible damage here. the police chief just did a briefing and told us the number now is at $75 million. he says it's about 95 structures. when you look at the houses and businesses that have been affected. 31 of those just totally destroyed. >> shepard: yesterday we heard reports of people trapped in damaged homes. everybody accounted for now? >> i've heard a lot of stories today of survival, and the
on his nomination for secretary of defense. one topic sure to come up is israel, which just launched an air strike in syria that u.s. officials say targeted a convoy of russian-made weapons that were headed for lebanon. now russia, the arab league, and hezbollah are all condemning the action. >>> and the new chairman of the senate foreign relations committee pays back $60,000 to a donor for airplane rides. and that donor is under investigation by the fbi. much more on a stranger sorry surrounding senator bob menen z menendez. good morning from washington. it's thursday, january 31st, 2013. this is "the daily rundown." i'm chuck todd. now less than 30 minutes away from the start of chuck hagel's confirmation hearing to become the next secretary of defense. we'll take you there live for his opening statement, along with what's expected to be some tough questioning from some big-name republicans. let's get right to my first read of the morning. let's start with the hagel confirmation grilling. could be the most contentious nomination hear of the president's second term and frankly, of
for refusing to let the men forced the law. nationalize council is also here. and israel unilaterally attacking key syrian assets and an overnight bombing. former pentagon official is also our guest tonight. would you want to begin with the u.s. economy shocking the experts in shrinking for the first time since the recession. fox news iran house correspondent has our report. >> less than two weeks that the president said his second inaugural address that an economic recovery had begun to let the congress -- commerce departments and not so fast. slow growth slashed economic growth from three pa 1% to-1 to the persons in the fourth. they downplayed the report and give republicans part of the blame. >> consumer spending has been rising. >> comments about using the threat of across-the-board spending cuts not as a sequestered for leveraged for fiscal asperity. some members constituents are fighting. >> and put the damage on the economy as a -- you know, to achieve some political roles here in washington seems like a bad idea. >> accusing republicans of pushing spending cuts for their own sake. some
the united states and israel and the senate or the congress than what you said. name one dumb thing we have been goaded in to do because of the pressure of the israeli or jewish lobby. >> i have already stated that i regret the term nlg. >> you said back then it makes us do dumb things. you can't name one senator intimidated. now give me one example of the dumb things we're pressured to do up here. >> we were talking in that interview about the middle east. about positions. about israel. >> now that exchange followed another faceoff earlier today with senator john mccain over the war in iraq. >> will you please answer the question? will you correct or incorrect when you said that the surge would be the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since until nam? were you correct or incorrect? yes or no? >> my reference -- >> are you -- the question is, were you right or wrong? that's a pretty straightforward question. >> well -- >> i would like to answer whether you're right or wrong and then you're free to elaborate. >> well, i'm not going to give you a yes or no answer on a lot
. why doesn't he moved to israel and joined the knesset because many of us don't feel like he feels about israel and their politicians should not have to be vetted by a coward like lieberman or lindsey graham. host: why are you calling them a coward? caller: it is all about israel to these clowns and i am sick of it. we give these people $3 billion per year and all they do is give us guff. that is why. host: we are taking your phone calls this morning. about foreign policy challenges in 2013. this is the opening section of "usa today" - >there are other stories in noting that the former senator, chuck hagel, when he was in office, approved about $38 billion in aid for the jewish state along with multiple trips to beat -- to meet with leaders there. that is a little bit of background on chuck hagel. david, indianapolis, democratic caller -- caller: good morning. i wanted to comment on the changes in the foreign policy that we will see. i agree with the last speaker, i believe the israelis need to be rained down. these guys used hawks, they elect hawks to take over their government an
questions about his past statements and positions, especially about israel and iran. at times, hagel seemed to struggle to answer some of those tough questions and other times he gave answers he later had to clarify. let's go to our chief white house correspondent jessica yellin. jessica, it was a tough, tough day for chuck hagel? >> reporter: so far it has been, wolf. chuck was battered by republicans, forcing some stumbles and bruising. so far, no knockout blow but the day of questioning is not over yet. former senator chuck hagel sat at the table alone fielding hostile questions, including one-time close friend, john mccain. >> i want to know if you were right or wrong. that's a direct question. i expect a direct answer. >> i'm not going to give you a yes or no answer on a lot of things. >> reporter: that exchange centered on hagel's past opposition to the iraq surnl, a surge that mccain championed. >> no one individual vote, no one individual quote, no one individual statement defines me, my beliefs or my record. we must use all our tools of american power to protect our citizens and ou
message are we sending to israel? i am perplexed that the president has nominated him. >> i want to ask questions about those positions. i am not comfortable -- yet -- i want to ask him questions about those two issues. >> shannon: senators kelley iiot and richard blue menthal are both apprehensive about the president's choice for secretary of state. i sat down with chris wallace to chat about that revealing conversation. the president has offered up a number of nominations for key positions and you had two senators to talk about the nominations of former senator hagel. >> that will be a tough nomination. we had two members of the armed services committee, which will hold hearings. iiot is very concerned with the positions that hagel has stated and voted in years as a senator on iran, on israel, on defense cuts, on a variety of issues. and she indicated that at this point, that she is leaning against him. and he is going to have to persuade her in one-on-one meetings, the nominees meet with each of the members of the committee and in the committee hearings. but she said, he's going to h
antiaircraft and weapons. and he said this is israel's warning to the president and his regime that they will not tolerate any weapons for israel's destruction. if this happened, it's certainly an escalation. and there's some degree of confusion around this. >> it is, and before we talk about this at all, we have to remember, we're dealing with one government, the israelis, that never admit some of this action that they carry out and we're dealing with another government, the syrians, who habitually lie. we have to look at all of this. two reports, the first that this convoy, carrying amount i aircraft weapons, was struck near damascus to beirut highway, near the border, and that seems to be the most reliable sources talking about that particular attack. and then the syrian state tv has announced that no, this was in fact an attack on a military research center in the suburb of damascus. that's what they're saying has happened. and the israelis as i said, not of confirming or denying any of this. but any expert you talk to, shep, will tell you this is about hezbollah in lebanon
israel or other things we are better able to effect that and negate if we are participating. and then if we cease to pay the dues and so forth to take a different attitude than we see we sort of lose the opportunity to protect our friends which we want to have the are getting close to the line that would be very damaging if there were any effort to take israel for instance or any other country, if there is any effort to try to invoke other power that is the kind of unilateral action that we would feel very, very strongly against it and see it as extremely counterproductive. my hope is that, you know, there were just elections yesterday. we don't know what kind of government will be formed or where they will go, but my prayer is that perhaps this can be a moment where we can renew some kind of effort to get the parties into a discussion to have a different track than we have been on over the course of the last couple of years. and i would like to reserve all of the capacity to be able to do that, so i'm just going to stop with what i've said, but unilateral efforts are not he
on the iraq war and israel. >> israel must negotiate with hamas a terrorist group against israel... >> reporter: even with some on six from both parties, hagel could win senate approval and what lawmakers are saying about a confirmation hearing when i see you next. carla campbell ktvu channel 2 morning news. >>> a shooting killed 6 people and severally injured former congresswoman gabrielle giffords. [ music ] >> an enter faith prayer service was held for many including ron barber. the memorial foundation is being started in member runs of that -- rememberance of that tragedy. >>> the deadly shooting in aurora, which happened during that deadly movie theater massacre, that story is coming up at 6:45. in just a few hours, they will go to the lawmakers for new state regulations for ammunition sales. nancy skinner has written regulations to create stricter standards for ammunition sales. it will require them and will report all sales to the state department of justice. >>> the cable channel has been sold to al jazeer and he said he had a wonderful time but he said it started with th
scandal surrounding the senator. it's all unconfirmed but the potential legal fallout is huge. >>> israel takes no chances. the air force launches two air strikes in syria preventing the assad regime from transporting chemicals and weapons of mass destruction to hezbollah. if the red line is crossed israel will attack again. we cover it all. "the kudlow report" begins now. first up we learned today the fourth quarter gdp fell slightly, much to everybody's surprise. so the white house is blaming republicans for the fiscal tax cliff and the spending sequester which i think is hilarious. they invented the sequester. we have had tax, spend and regulate policies for four years. why not try something different. let's talk about it with our powerhouse panel. jared bernstein, center on budget and policy priorities. senior fellow. doug holtz-ekin, peter suderman and james freeman, assistant editor for the wall street journal. james, i'm amoused right off the top. team obama starts attacking republicans first of all for the budget cutting sequester which they invented. second of all, for the fiscal
what happened at the the honduras. -- in honduras. we move to the middle east where israel has been concerned. whether they admit oit pubicly olicly or not. there were more focused on the palestinian issue but as the biggest issue in the middle east. iran, the people took to the streets as the defense of the principles we say we stand for and the president says we will not interfere in their sovereignty. that demoralized opposition. north korea announced they are developing in weapon that can reach united states. -- a weapon that can reach the united states. i think the bush administration was wrong to remove north korea from the list of states alters of terrorism. -- sponsors of terrorism. i hope we will reverse that. china and the conflict going on throughout the region during -- region. china is increasingly aggressive about their territorial claims. in their neighbors are looking to the united states as a counterbalance. a -- if the sequester goes through, what are we going to pivot with? these are the fundamental issues we face. as you sit with the president and help him form a
, as the fighting rages on in syria, neighboring israel is taking steps to protect itself from extremist groups operating just across the border. >> this is the only thing protecting israel, a rusted barb wire fence. and now the new syrian border, 25 feet tall, steel reinforced and with raiser wire on top. >> the full report from israel's border with syria ahead on "the fox report." al jars just bought its way into millions of american homes with current tv. al gore co-founded the left leaning network in 2005. he even worked as a political analyst during its recent election night coverage. the network has struggled to bring in ratings and al jazz reportedly plays about $5 million to snap up current which it plans to change into it will call al jazeera, america. the move could put al jazeera in as many as 40 million households increasing american presence nearly 10 fold. one major cable provider already has pulled the plug. correspondent jonathan hunt live from our new york newsroom. jonathan, this is a major step forward for al jazeera. >> yeah, any way you cut it, it is is certainly that this
on doing my job than going to israel." explained. >> the former chief asked me to take over the special operations commission after 9/11. you wanted me to recreate the capabilities of the police department in terms of the homeland security counter- terrorism. i traveled all over the world looking at, studying, homeland's security issues, intelligence. i took a 10-day trip to israel. i took a lot of notes when i was there. 88 pages. i met with a lot of the officials in israel. just watching the way of life in israel, there was a bombing when i was there. watching the way of life for the people in a place where terrorism is every day was just one of the most eye-opening things for me in terms of trying to develop policy for the metropolitan police department. i never want to see our country and city living like that. it really inspired me to put together a very strong capability inside the decrease -- the police department. >> what did you change? >> everything. culture. it should have come after oklahoma city and it did not. we did not have the wake-up call into 9/11. we should have done
to be sooner than the american, because israel doesn't have the ability to penetrate those bunkers that the iranians have buried their nuclear program in. for israel they think if there's going to be a deal made, iran has to feel real pressure, the credible threat of some kind of strike coming either from the united states or from israel. so over the next couple of weeks and months you're going to see a lot of saber rattling out of israel about a possible strike on iran. and also keep this inind, heather, israeli elections are just three weeks away, and iran is always a good topic to talk about leading up to those especially for prime minister netanyahu who has really made the iranian issue one of his signature issues. heather: let's hope we with end up with option three. thank you so much, leland vittert, reporting live from jerusalem. rick: a new report coming out that sheds new light on what may have led to the shifting story told by members of the obama administration in the days following the consulate attack. former u.s. ambassador to the u.n. john bolton weighs in live. that
of the harshest criticism centering on comments about israel and quote, the jewish lobby. the american dip did low mat he made those comments to joins us minutes from now with his take on all this. >>> the deadly flu outbreak across the country, why it is so bad so early this year. new information about the flu vaccine and stats that could surprise you. news you need about your health coming up tyou wouldn't want your adoctor doing your job, hello.... so why are you doing hers? only your doctor can determine if your persistent heartburn is actually something more serious, like acid reflux disease. over time, stomach acid can damage the lining of your esophagus. for many, prescription nexium not only provides 24-hour heartburn relief, but can also help heal acid-related erosions in the lining of your esophagus. there is risk of bone fracture and low magnesium levels. side effects may include headache, abdominal pain and diarrhea. call your doctor right away if you have persistent diarrhea. other serious stomach conditions may exist. don't take nexium if you take clopidogrel. let your doctor do her
of defense secretary and the white house has lined up high profile backers to defend his record on israel. >> he has been over the course of the long career in public service a supporter of the state of us israel and it's requirements. >> president obama told nbc news last week he sees nothing to disqualify hagle. shannon. >> a powerful earthquake off the coast of alaska. it was just west of craig, alaska sparking the tsunami warning for hundreds of miles of coastline. but it was cancelled after the warning center said the waves generated were too small to be a threat. still the quake caused about 15 minutes ever panic, sending people to highest ground. some say it's the strongest earthquake they have felt in a decade. and it could take until the spring to remove a grounded oil rigging ship near an alaskan island. the fury of the winter is going to make removing the rig very difficult. shell barge ran aground monday during a fierce storm. more than 600 working on its recovery. dominique is following the story from los angeles. dominic. >> shell is saying tonight it doesn't plan on removin
on israel and iran. he once made a comment about the quote jewish lobby and some of the, quote, dumb things they do. but later went on to say he supports israel in every way in the same conversation. at any rate now tells nebraska newspaper critics have completely distorted his record. he has shown unequivocal support for israel and called iran a sponsor of terrorism many times. first, there was a fire on one plane. now a fuel leak on another. the aircraft maker boeing dealing with a pair of problems on newest passenger jet the dream liner. what's up here? we will get a report next. plus a guy wins a million bucks in the lottery. the next day he is dead. investigators at the time said natural causes. they are digging up the body now to try to figure out who poisoned him. that and the rest of the night's journalists on this fox news tuesday fox report. it's the little things in life that make me smile. spending the day with my niece. i don't use super poligrip for hold because my dentures fit well. before those little pieces would get in between my dentures and my gum and it was uncomfortabl
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will offer enough support to israel. mitch mcconnell has -- has not said if he sports him as secretary of defense. >> do his views make sense for that particular job? i think he ought to be given a fair hearing like any other nominee and he will be. >> reporter: president obama will be speaking in a few hours. we expect to learn more then about his nomination for secretary of defense. kyla campbell, ktvu channel 2 news. >>> 7:18. new this morning, interviews with a dozen female soldiers and marines show very little interest in signing up for combat duty. most of the women surveyed said they had no interest on being on the front line fighting. they did think it should be open up to female troops who might want that experience. some women have complained that banning then from combat means they are at a disadvantage when it comes to moving up in the ranks of the military. >>> landfill caumakers get -- california lawmakers get back to work today with a democratic super-authority in the house. does this mean it will be anything but usual in this legislation station. >> reporter: well, demo
are looking at a deadline, israel would like there to be a deadline of late spring, early summer in terms of a decision on iran. leon panetta, the defense secretary, current defense secretary, told me he thinks we have more time than that. the u.s. isn't on the same page as israel. isn't it just the reality that america doesn't want a war at all? there wouldn't be the political will for it anyway. >> i don't think anybody does. do we ever really want war? i don't think that's the case, erin. i think the issue here is that most peopldon't realize that we have been negotiating with iran for nearly a decade on their nuclear program. 2003, when it was finally, the world finally became aware of iran's nuclear program which didn't come from the iranian government, by the way. it came from another group. so i mean, we've made no progress. the centrifuges keep spinning. sanctions haven't really worked. we've had -- they've had little effect, although they have some effect but no effect on changing the policy of iran. so you know, the question is can you live with a nuclear iran or are you going t
-- a brave iraqi parliamentarian, brave or suicidal or a combination of the two, who dared to visit israel and thought iraq should normalize relations with israel for which sentiments he faced attempts to get him imprisoned, which he beat, and won rulings in his favor in an iraqi court, but he didn't stop the extremists who in 2005 attacked him and his sops and killed his two sons in retaliation for visiting israel. testifies not discouraged, ran for parliament, won a seat in 2005, but i remember meeting with him in his living room in baghdad in 2008 rueing the fact he had little money on which to run for re-election or to fund a slate of like-minded candidates whereas all the radical extremists in iraq got cope yows funds from the iranians, and the iranians called him asking if he want the $5 million, and he said, no thank you, i'm opposed to what you stand for, but very few people in iraq turn down an offer like that from whatever source. what happened in iraq is that the iranians basically had free run to assert their influence, and we did very little to stop them, especially so in 2010
. militant organization and political party that has vowed israel's destruction and has strong ties to syria and iran. this comes less than a week after an aid to iran's supreme leader claimed that an attack on syria is an attack on iran itself. with that as our beginning "the fox report" correspondent jonathan hunt is here. the israelis had promised to act if syria moved weapons or used weapons and it looks like they have acted. >> yeah, the israeli government is becoming increasingly worried about the flow of weapons. or the potential flow from the chaos of syria over to israel's northern border. so much so that they recently moved some of their batteries of the iron dome intercepter missile system to the north of the country now it appears that they decided that defense is not enough. they have gone on the attack. hitting this done i have which we believe to have been between u.s. officials somewhere between 3 and 6 trucks about to cross the border from syria into lebanon. apparently carrying surface-to-air missiles. we do not have confirmation on what would be a second strike because the
. >> i want to pick up again with pete. response to a lot of folks has been concern, look at israel. they have men and women serving equally over there. without incident. forget just women in combat. what would be so different in this country if we did god forbid have to have a draft where our sons and daughters both were told they had to go fight and do it along other genders? >> i don't think it's a going to happen or b necessary. but i think from where colonel mcsally and i are coming from are different perspectives. she through in combat. air force are open to 99 perts of everyone in the air force. there's only a few special ops units available to women. in the army i am an infantry men we had units different jobs to do not more important just different. on the ground the requirement as far as physical requirements are a little bit different. when you draw these distinctions. it's not about having women in combat. colonel mcsally has been in combat val rousely. there's a difference between being in combat and unit that is to sustained combat days weeks months and years. it has n
to israel and in my deal the united states should stand with israel. >> reporter: as for brennan. >> a 35 year veteran of the cia. john knows what our national security demands. >> reporter: brennan was fully involved in the raid that killed osama bin laden. >> if confirmed as director i will make it my mission to make sure the cia has the tools it needs to make our country safe. >> reporter: he was nominated in 2008 but withdrew his name when brought under fire for interrogations during the bush administration. in washington, craig boswell, fox news. >>> a google executive take as controversial trip. the reason for his visit to north korea. >> and back here in just 10 minutes, the weather is changing around. some clouds coming in. we have the dense fog advisory and it's going to get really, really cold around here in the early mornings. [ female announcer ] safeway presents real big deals of the week. or how to get great prices on things you need. if your resolution is saving money, safeway gives you real big club card deals each week. now's a good time to pack your lunches. lean cuisine
israel and stand up to iran on nuclear weapons. >> israel must negotiate with hamas. >> do his views make sense for that particular job? i think he ought to be give an fair hearing like any other nominee and he will be. >> reporter: we contacted senator dianne feinstein, she supports chuck hagel as secretary of defense. a hearing will not be held till after inauguration. ktvu channel 2 news. barbara boxer said i will follow chuck hagel's process very closely to ensure he shares the president's commitment to a secure middle east. >>> san jose's first city councilman took office today. he was elected in november to respect the 10th district. he is happy to serve a city that is so diverse. arab americans are beginning to get involved in the community. >> after 9/11 the community got scared and went inside their shells. i think now that they understand that we have a great community of very understanding and open people. >> he is a financial advisory that grew up in san jose. >>> the popular host of "california's gold" huell howser died. his production company said he passed away last night a
and hamas as well as our close al eye israel. senator hagel has one big fan, he has a lot of fans. this one is raising eyebrows the rogue nation of iran. a foreign ministry spokesman calls the nomination, a sign of quote, practical change to american foreign policy. he predicts that if hague bell is appointed relations between the united states and iran will improve. israel is striking a different tone. they say they're quote worried about the nomination. a lot more coming up. bill: certainly do. meantime fox news alert now. developments into the investigation into the attack on the consulate in libya. we're learning a suspect in custody, the only suspect has been released by authorities due to a lack of evidence. greg palkot watches that. he is live in london. who is this man, greg? >> reporter: bill, he is a tunisian man. he goes by the name of al-harzi. he was originally arrested in turkey in october. he had been in libya at the time of the attack on the consulate in benghazi. at the time authorities said he was strongly suspected of involvement. he might have been a witness. fox news re
. i, and my research assistants, including josh israel, who is up there someplace and is going to give us some entertainment with johnson and king talking. could not possibly have gotten as far as we got in trying to unravel the story without the resources of the archives and the unfailingly courteous, bright, helpful people from the archives. and i want to personally thank them, not only in behalf of myself but in behalf of other people who work in this field. they're just great. the idea of this book was sort of a gamble. it was a hunch. i wondered -- there have been lots of books written about king. lots of books written about johnson. there's been lots of books written about civil rights. but no one had taken johnson and king together, put them under a microscope, and watched what they did day-by-day through an incredible period of history. a two-year period, from kennedy's assassination, to the passage of the voting rights act, when numerous of our most distinguished historians say, more legislation of huge impact on our society took place in that brief period than any other perio
treaty with israel, egypt helps america with stability in a dangerous region and in the fight against terror. now, with these scenes, the head of the army is warning america's friend is on the verge of collapse. they tell us their new president mohamed morsi is acting like a dictator, like the one every day egyptians overthrew, just two years ago. these are carpenters, tour guides and teachers and they believe if they don't rise up, their country will be turned into an islamic state. we are bracing for another violent night. many of the people we've spoken to here on the street say they won't let up until they get the freedoms and democracy they fought so hard for. diane? >> thanks so much, lama. >>> now, we head over to china tonight, where you can see it once again, that smog, back. and again, still beyond the ability to measure exactly how much hazardous material is in what the chinese are breathing. and there was another staggering sight, an infrastructure collapsed in guangzhou. watch. a whole complex of homes swallowed by a massive sink hole, 30 feet wide, triggered by construct
in iraq and afghanistan, and some of his positions on israel. the president cited one main reason for both of his picks. >> my number one criteria in making these decisions was simple, who is going to do the best job in securing america? these two leaders have dedicated their lives to protecting our country. i'm confident they will do an outstanding job. i urge the senate to confirm them as soon as possible so we can keep our nation secure and the american people safe. >> now, there's something to be said for how a president picks cabinet nominees, cabinet secretaries, in his second term. let's bring in author and presidential historian, douglas brinkley, professor of history, fellow at rice university and author of a thousand books, last i checked. thank you for being with us. as you just heard, the president wanted to be seen as tough, particularly as tough on terrorism, these two men seem to fit the bill. what's the issue about the president appointing just anybody he wants? why is this i going to be a tough battle for him? >> we're in a tough, political climate now. president obama's p
called for deep cuts in defense spending. some argue his support for israel is inadequate. in 2008 - hagel broke ranks with other republicans to support obama. his path to nomination could be rocky. also monday the president nominated john brennan - his chief counter-terrorism adviser to be the new c-i-a boss. he's had an office in the the president. >> he is one of the hardest working civil servants i have me matt. >> his choice is also not without some controversy. brennan was a candidate for cia director 4 years ago - but he pulled out of contention when critics slammed his involvement in bush-era interrogations. and he's been accused of helping to manipulate leaks to boost the administrations national security credentials. at that news conference was bay area native and outgoing defense secretary leon panetta who got a laugh.when he talked about returning to his walnut farm. >> yes a different set of nuts. [laughter] ".my family.and my walnut >> another light moment on capitol hill. secretary of state hillary clinton went back to work. and she has some extra protection
the pentagon budget is bloated. some democrats and gop members don't think he will support israel, one of our nation's allies that's come under attack from terrorist groups and leaders on both sides of the aisle criticize his toughness when it comes to cracking down on iran. >> i consider him to be an honorable man with a distinguished record of service, but also at the same time profoundly wrong on some of the biggest national security threats confronting the united states today, namely a nuclear iran. >> reporter: chuck hagel says an accurate assessment of his record will show he's been tough on iran and supportive of israel. he will undergo several one-on- one meetings with senators and face tough questions in a confrontation meeting. kyla campbell, ktvu channel 2 news. >> thank you, kyla. >>> 8:15. the next nomination president obama is expected to make is white house receive of staff lack lieu to replace geithner. in if he's confirmed lieu's first priority would be to work with congress to raise the debt ceiling and the president would need to find a new chief of staff. >>> a federal cou
is the front-runner. but he could face opposition in the senate for disparaging comments he made about israel and gays. >>> house minority liter nancy pilosi is under fire -- leader nancy pilosi is under fire for this doctored photo. this is the official photo released by nancy pilosi's office. there were four additional women photo shopped into the top of this picture. nancy pilosi is defending the photo as quote and accurate historical record not everyone was able to get there on time. >> it's an accurate record it was freezing cold and the members were waiting a long time for everyone to arrive. they had to get back into the building to greet constituents, family members to get ready to go to the floor. >> nancy pilosi went on to say, it wasn't like we had the rest of the day to stand there. >>> there will be a big difference between president obama's first and second inaugurations. he refused to take corporation money for the first inauguration. 417 people or businesses interest contributed. corporate donors include at&t and micorsoft. >>> you don't have to go to washington to feel a part
this >>> well, the right wing hawks are on thin ice after this tuesday's election in israel. benjamin netanyahu's party was expected to win big. but the big surprise was the rise of the new center. the center left party which means there is a future. right now will control 60 seats. and his rivals on the center left and left will have 60 as well. and that could force netanyahu to make peace overtures or possibly lose his job. we'll be right back. >>> for now decisions are upon us and we cannot afford delay. we cannot mistake absolutism for principle or substitute spectacle for politics or treat name calling as reasoned debate. >> welcome back to "hardball." those lines in the president's inaugural address don't exactly sound like fighting words, do they? but to nra's wayne lapierre, that's what they are. at an awards ceremony last night, he the leader of the nra explained why. >> obama wants to turn the idea of absolutism into a dirty word. just another word for extremism. he wants you, all of you, and americans throughout all of this country to accept the idea of principles as he sees fit. the
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